Boston Celtics second-year head coach Brad Stevens finished fourth in the Coach of the Year voting. Stevens received two first-place votes from ESPN's Mike Tirico and Los Angeles Clippers announcer Ralph Lawler, with four second-place votes, and 28 third-place votes.
Atlanta's Mike Budenholzer edged out Golden State's Steve Kerr to win the award, with Milwaukee's Jason Kidd coming in third place. Stevens finished ahead of San Antonio's Gregg Popovich.
Stevens himself said that he wouldn't have voted for himself this year, but you can bet the farm that he'll win Coach of the Year honors sometime in the near future. It's only a matter of time before the front office is able to get him the personnel to make his system operate at optimum levels.
But first the Boston Celtics have to take care of matters tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and then maybe we can look toward the future, when Brad Stevens will undoubtedly win an award.